Thursday, January 17, 2013
Oklahoma City—Lt. Governor Todd Lamb announced Thursday the release of his second Lt. Governor’s Policy and Issues Report. The report stems from the Lt. Governor’s travels across all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, in particular his series of six Small Business and Small Manufacturer summits held in various communities.
As Oklahoma’s Small Business Advocate, the Lt. Governor felt meeting with business owners was a priority in determining how to effectively move Oklahoma forward. During his visits, the Lt. Governor heard numerous relevant suggestions that he included in his report.
“The people of Oklahoma, who on a daily basis work to move this state forward, are the best sources for policy recommendations,” said Lt. Governor Lamb. “And as Lt. Governor is it my duty to listen and help address the challenges facing Oklahoma citizens.”
The specific content within the Lt. Governor’s Policy and Issues Report includes policy proposals in the areas of workers’ compensation reform, tax reform, workforce development, unemployment compensation, and tourism.
“The number one issue discussed among business owners was the critical need for workers’ compensation reform,” said Lt. Governor Lamb. “Some workers’ compensation measures have been approved in the past several years, but the call for an entire system analysis and reform by Oklahoma business cannot be ignored.”
Lt. Governor Lamb added the goal of his report is to generate legislation that will produce a growing, thriving Oklahoma.
“Making the state more competitive, educating a skilled workforce and providing accountability within government agencies and entities is the key to advancing our state and was the focus of my policy and issues report,” said Lt. Governor Lamb. “As we look ahead to a new year and a new legislative session, I am confident that these ideas and suggestions, submitted by Oklahoma voters themselves, will result in much needed reforms.”
The report can be viewed in its entirety on Lt. Governor Lamb’s website at ok.gov/ltgovernor.